Please join us in reading our first book club pick for the 2010-11 school year: Keeper by Kathi Appelt. The NYCSLA book club is dedicated to reading engaging new literature for children and young adults. Kathi Appelt’s first book The Underneath was a National Book Award finalist and Keeper is already garnering award buzz for this year. Here’s a portion of the starred review in School Library Journal:
Ten-year-old Keeper believes in wishes and magic, and why shouldn’t she? Her mother, gone for the last seven years, is a mermaid, after all! So on the day of the Blue Moon, when everything she does has a disastrous result, Keeper knows her only option is to row out past the sandbar to the treacherous open water of the Gulf of Mexico, accompanied by BD (Best Dog) and Captain the seagull, and hope her mermaid mama can tell her how to fix things…. Filled with love, wild adventure, family drama, and even a touch of true fantasy, this is a deeply satisfying tale.
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